Children and Youth

We have nearly 100 children and youth in our church family and have a range of activities on Sundays and midweek that are age-appropriate. Sunday morning groups run at our 9.30am, 11.15am and Riverside congregations. All groups are led by fully Safely Recruited people, according to the Church of England Safeguarding policy.

At the 9.30 congregation, the children are part of the main service for the first 10-15 minutes, where they are encouraged to sing, to listen and to pray as they are able. There is usually a children’s song, which everyone enjoys! The children then go to a different part of the building to their groups.

Paddlers is for children from 6 months to early school age. It’s a big age range, but there’s a lot of helpers and the skilled leaders will lead the children that are there. For the youngest, there’s a Bible story from the Beginner’s Bible and plenty of play time, and we add in more Bible teaching, games and craft as they are able. Parents are welcome to stay, especially if their little one needs them.

This is our group for older children and younger youth. Divers is for years 3-6, and Refresh for years 7-10. We meet in the same room and do some things together, and move to separate ends of the room for more age-appropriate Bible study.

At the 11.15 congregation, the children are part of the main service for the first 10-15 minutes, where they are encouraged to sing, to listen and to pray as they are able. There is usually a children’s song, which everyone enjoys! The children then go to a different part of the building to their groups.

Paddlers is for children from 6 months to early school age. It’s a big age range, but the skilled leaders lead the children who are there in age-appropriate ways. For the youngest, there’s a Bible story from the Beginner’s Bible and plenty of play time, and we add in more Bible teaching, games and craft as they are able. Parents are welcome to stay, especially if their little one needs them.

This is our group for young people. Refresh is for years 7-9 and Equip from years 10-13. We meet in the same room and do some things together, and move to separate ends of the room for more age-appropriate Bible study, depending on the configuration of youth who come.

The congregation at Riverside meet all together for the first 10-15 minutes, before the children go to their groups. The children and youth are encouraged to join in the singing and praying, and there is usually a children’s song which everyone can enjoy!

For babies and toddlers, the little ones in this group do lots of playing and hear a story from the Bible.

For younger children who are beginning to engage with God’s word, this group meets to learn about God’s promises to the world in Jesus, with videos, games and craft.

For older children in years 3-6, this group meets together for a game and to learn from the Bible together.

For youth in years 7-10, this group meets to chat, play a game and learn together how the truth of the gospel applies to our lives.

5.00 Club is for school years 3-6 and is a Sunday afternoon club (from 5.00-6.00pm) that runs during term time in the St Bart’s church building on King Edward Road. We have games, snacks and a short Bible talk.

Unite is a weekly group on Friday nights for youth in secondary school. We meet in the church building for an assortment of games, competitions and activities and learn more about Jesus from the Bible. Unite A is for youth in years 7-9, and Unite B is for youth in years 10-13. Most of the time we are separate, but occasionally we do things together to make things more fun!

EPIC events are days (and sometimes nights) for youth that are jam packed with the most epic adventures! We have been swimming, trampolining, indoor climbing, playing badminton, crazy golf and have had sleepovers! Plus we often try and play our favourite indoor wide-game ‘Bandit’.

Contact: Bev Probert (Pastoral Assistant for Youth and Children):

bev@stbartsbath.org

Please note all those who work with our children and young people have been safely recruited and DBS cleared.

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